Voice 56 – Strange woman who believes in giants

I have absolutely no idea what she is on about.

Humperdinck! Humperdinck! Humperdinck!

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We got a Know Your Meme. I feel so damn important.

Okay, not this site specifically, but Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response got a post put up yesterday at internet pop culture database Know Your Meme.

This is mainly exciting to me as I’ve spent a heck of a lot of time over at that site in the last few days after discovering the whole Slender Man deal, which I annoyingly can’t usually mention here as there’s absolutely nothing soothing about it. But now I have an excuse to. Really, if you’ve never heard of Slender Man, look it up. It’s amazing.

So anyway, my entire life has just been validated. I’ve never been party to a meme before it got to Know Your Meme before. And yeah I realise my excitement about this kills any internet cred I ever might have had a chance of gaining, but I just don’t give a crap. WOOOOOOOOOO!!!

Turns out this voice thing is an actual thing

Apparently, our reaction to voices is what’s called an “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response”. Research is being pursued into the phenomenon and everything. There’s also a really good blog post about it here. Don’t you just feel a little bit special?

Apparently, the triggers for it are:

  • Exposure to slow, accented, or unique speech patterns
  • Viewing educational or instructive videos or lectures
  • Experiencing a high empathetic or sympathetic reaction to an event
  • Enjoying a piece of art or music
  • Watching another person complete a task, often in a diligent, attentive manner – examples would be filling out a form, writing a check, going through a purse or bag, inspecting an item closely, etc.
  • Close, personal attention from another person
  • Haircuts, or other touch from another on head or back
Apart from the haircuts *shudder* I’d say just about all those triggers work for me. I remember watching my sister writing in her diary when I was a kid and completely zoning out to it. Same when I’d watch my friends doing their makeup before a night out. Though they’ve also missed out “the crackles on old black and white movies”. An important one, that.

So what do you think of that?

Voice 44 – Derek Lance Jefferson. Pure odd.

Okay, before you watch this, I’m not gonna lie. It doesn’t really qualify by my barometer of soothing. But I had to put it up because it marks a benchmark of sorts for this blog. This is the first “voice” that’s been suggested to my by the actual person in the video. Yeah, they basically sent me an audition tape.

Anyway, thanks for the submission Derek, which is duly commemorated in this post. I’ll be honest, I don’t really know what the heck you’re talking about in the video (something about walking in beauty with the Wayans brothers), but your diction is lovely and I’m quite ill today so the sheer surreality of it really tickled my delirium, of which I’m always a fan. So thanks for that. I’ve come over all Lynchian.

And if you think you’ve got a voice to sedate a nation, tweet me @ebuddle

Voice 34 – A little girl called Nina

There’s a pretty sizeable number of young children I could listen to all day provided they don’t get into a tantrum or start pulling my hair. Which is rare. Nina happens to be on Youtube though, so theoretically I could actually listen to her all day and be guaranteed not to get my hair-pulled or an unwelcome finger up my nose. Which is really all I ask.

More Nina videos after the jump  More

Voice 29 – Station Officer Dodds

After an interminable amount of footage of people faffing about with inflatable rafts, (though if you’re not too distracted by the images of panicked citizens, there’s lots of nice running water noises…) we get a little interview at 4:50 with a Fireman talking about the flood and the rescue effort. His voice is pretty soothing. He’s Scottish. Can’t go wrong with a Scottish accent in a soothing scenario.

Voice 28 – Clive Robertson

I have no idea what this guy is talking about, but he’s an Australian TV presenter from 20 years ago. I think he’s like the Australian Terry Wogan. Very soothing voice, but why on Earth he is going through a series of toy figures with nicknames like “prune face” (‘when the ratings are down, he looks like this. When the ratings are up…he looks like this), or describing David Bowie as a “space cookie”, I really couldn’t say.

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